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Project Resources

This page contains links to resources relevant to issues involving disability and abuse.  This section of the website contains resources developed by the Disability and Abuse Project.  Materials from other sources will be added to this section in the future.

Ten point guide to reduce riskGuide on Responding to Suspected Abuse of People with Disabilities Tips for parents or family members whose loved one receives transportation, day program, residential, or other services. (Spanish language version)

The Arc -- National Center on Criminal Justice and Disabilities.  Webinar on Crime Victims with Disabilities: An Overview for Professionals in the Criminal Justice System. (Powerpoint Presentation: Feb. 27, 2014)

1.  VICTIMS WITH DISABILITIES: The Forensic Interview
      A training video and guidebook focusing on the 8 essential steps in achieving a successful forensic interview of crime victims with cognitive and/or communication disabilities.

2.  VICTIMS WITH DISABILITIES: Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First Response
     A training video and guidebook focusing on the essential factors in interviewing and interacting with individuals with cognitive and communication disabilities when first responders roll out to the scene.

3.  Curriculum: First Responders to Child Abuse Victims with Disabilities
   This course is designed as full-day training for law enforcement patrol officers and child protective services workers who are first responders to allegations of child abuse involving children with disabilities. It is also meant for supervisory staff of the above first responders and for other frontline workers.


Office for Victims of Crime

Materials for Law Enforcement

1.  First Response to Victims of Crime Who Have a Disability

In October 2002, the Office for Victims of Crime published a book to assist law enforcement officers respond more effectively when interacting with victims of crime who have disabilities.  The book is specifically geared toward victims who with intellectual disabilities, who are diagnosed with mental illness or Alzheimer's disease, or who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, or hard of hearing.

2.  Promising Practices for Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities Toolkit

The bulletin and online guide developed as a result of the Safe Place demonstration project are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve community capacity to better serve them by providing a user-friendly resource for organizations wishing to replicate similar project activities and outcomes.


Vera Institute of Justice

Issue Brief on Sexual Abuse

In March 2012, the Center on Victimization and Safety of the Vera Institute partnered with the MS. Foundation for Women on a project to learn more about sexual abuse of people with disabilities.  Participants were assembled from a wide range of backgrounds to offer background information, statistics, and recommendations.  Dr. Nora Baladerian was one of the participants consulted by the project.

An Issue Brief released in March 2013 contains the findings and recommendations of this project.  To access the Issue Brief, click here.


National Center for Victims of Crime

Resource Directory

The National Center for Victims of Crime has made available a resource guide: Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Resource Directory for Service Providers. This directory is designed to help community advocates working in the fields of crime victim assistance, disability services, law enforcement, and allied professions improve their response to victims with disabilities. Resources are organized by topic, such as accessibility, assistive technology, collaboration, communication, curricula and training, service animals, video collections, and more.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime held a training conference in December 2011 which focused on people with disabilities who are victims of crime.  The Center has just released links to the powerpoint presentations made at that conference. 

Dr. Nora Baladerian, and three of our consultants, Lori Brown, Carolyn Gammicchia, and Andrew Gammicchia, were conference presenters.

To access these valuable resources, click here.




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